New York Red Bulls (4-5-7) 19 points, 5th East, 12th Overall
Last year’s Supporters Shield winner has been having a mediocre season so far. They only have one win in the past six regular season games, but they are lucky to be in an Eastern Conference that is performing just as badly as they are. Nevertheless, this is a team that should not be taken lightly.
Tim Cahill is coming off an impressive World Cup that may have seen Australia get eliminated early, but he performed as if he’s still in his prime. Bradley Wright-Phillips is also currently sitting on 12 goals which is enough to put him ahead in the race for the Golden Boot.
Assists can be expected from multiple players, Henry currently has 6 alongside Lloyd Sam, and Eric Alexander has 4. In comparison, Brad Davis, Houston’s assist leader, only has 5 and in second we have Corey Ashe with 3. New York can hit you through multiple players and their attacking prowess is something that should not be taken lightly.
While New York is currently 7th in league with goals scored – Houston is second to last – that isn’t the only thing impressive about them. Their goalkeeper has been on of the best in the league with 59 saves, which makes him the leader in saves. That said, their defense has been shaky to say the least and they are currently at a 0 goal differential even though they have one of the top goal scoring teams in the league.
If New York can manage to improve their defense, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
Houston Dynamo (5-10-2) 17 points, 8th East, 15th Overall
Pathetic. That’s one word I would use to describe this season’s Houston Dynamo team. I don’t even know whether there is a saving grace in the whole team. We have the second lowest goals scored in the league. The defense has allowed the most goals in the league, and there’s no sign that we are on the verge of improving.
I still remember the 2010 season vividly, and I remember our team being disappointed in itself and showing remorse for letting the fans down after every loss. This isn’t a team that shows any kind of remorse for the way it is performing. Houston seems unmotivated and frankly like a team that’s merely going through the motions to pick up a paycheck.
I am not the type of person that usually criticizes the team. That’s probably due to the fact that I am so emotionally invested in it. I spend thousands of dollars each season traveling and purchasing tickets to show my support for this team. That will not stop any time soon, but that’s only because I am the definition of insane.
Let me put something into perspective, in 2010 our points per game average was 1.1, we are currently at 1. The Houston Dynamo currently have a worse point, not points because it’s only one, per game average than in their worst season ever. Houston is on track to record their worst season to date, with one of their best teams to date.
Usually this is the place where I mention their record from their past few games of the regular season, and the reason why I’m not going into detail on that is because it’s really not that difficult to do, 5 losses in a row. Hey but at least Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia are both finally back, so there’s that to look forward to.
The Houston Dynamo will lose.